1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 15, 2020 10:22 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Looking for information about Native American ancestors

    Allison Jett Newbie

      I'm trying to determine if my great-grandmother was part Native American.  Where can I find this information? Thank you.

        • Re: Looking for information about Native American ancestors
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Ms. Jett,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We suggest that you begin by assembling as much of the family tree as possible, as far back as you can go, and if possible, note locations. To learn more about the records in the custody of NARA that pertain to individuals, please review the web page for Researching an Individual or Family. With the names you are able to compile, we suggest searching the various the Indian Censuses that are organized by tribal nation and are available for free.access at https://accessgenealogy.com/native/free-us-indian-census-rolls.htm

           

          When embarking on Native American genealogy, please note that the records in the custody of NARA often only detail those living on the reservations or being administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. If an ancestor was native yet left the reservation, they will not be recorded in NARA’s records and tracing their genealogy may be difficult.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

           

          [Information provided by Cody White, Subject Matter Expert]

           

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